Dunbar Bank,lack of duty of care / negligence

Do you agree that the decision of the Parent Company ( Zurich - The Global Financial Service Group ) to effectively close Dunbar Bank  calls into question :


Whether Zurich have :


1.   Acted lawfully to    ( i )  Their Staff

                                 ( ii ) Their Customers

                                 ( iii ) Their Suppliers

if your answer is yes then you may care to join this petition,  which will be forwarded to the FSA.


Having built up a good relationship with Dunbar Bank  over a number of years many Clients entered into loans on substantial property Investment & Development projects.  Jointly, they invested many millions of pounds on complicated projects, which in addition to the obvious funding element, required reciprocal trust, great skill, patience and understanding in order to mutually achieve profits running into millions of pounds.


The crash came and Dunbar's  parent company Zurich decided they did not want to invest anymore and  either stopped or significantly delayed funding, with catastrophic consequences.  Massive disruption ,stress, loss of  profit and irrepairable damage to peoples' livelihoods - both internally  within Dunbar and also externally. The negative effects of the downturn in the Property market have been exacerbated by the length of time taken by Dunbar to review its situation and needs. Subsequent delays have resulted  in ( i )  Dunbar forcing many Clients companies into administration, ( ii )  Issuing Statutory demands for personal guarantess on its clients  ( iii )    Late payments to suppliers and  ( iv ) Laying off staff are other significant contributory factors  ( v )  Business disruption and loss of profit to many Companies.


This petition is brought,  not only to reflect circumstances of  individual cases,   but to formally request Zurich are investigated on the following grounds :


A ) Negligence and lack of duty of care ( To embark on  complex projects and half way through, because of a financial blip, lose ones nerve and not want to continue is irresponsible )

B ) Lawfulness.   Have Zurich acted lawfully to its Clients, Suppliers and Staff of many years who have been ostracised and edged out ? This is not the first property downturn, property is cyclical and always has been. Zurich must have known this when it purchased the bank.

C ) Independent examination is requested as to perceived impropriety, emanating from Zurich, as to the decision making of the Dunbar Bank Credit Committee.


Please consider your own circumstances and join this petition if you feel as a  Client,  Supplier or ex member of staff you have been wrongfully treated by Zurich.  The Senior Management  should be investigated and held accountable for their decisions and actions.




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    coryn warren, United Kingdom

    2 years ago Comments: This petition will soon have a lot more names on it!!
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    Kevin Heaney, United Kingdom

    3 years ago Comments: Dunbar stopped funding my site in July 2008 and i was building 53 new properties.We were 50% through building 1st phase.They cost me £Ms and im taking them to court.Any help or info from people who have suffered because of Dunbar/Zurichs action i would be interested to know.
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